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FarmLink invests in youth in Western Canada

Aug. 22, 2012 - FarmLink Marketing Solutions is pleased to announce our newly formalized Farming Futures program, a corporate giving plan. “The focus is on community development and rural youth for two reasons: first because we’ve seen too many small towns suffer from lack of interest in agriculture, and secondly because going forward with all the changes ahead we’re going to need more talent in this industry,” explains Brenda Tjaden Lepp, who co-founded the company with her husband Mark Lepp in 2004.

The plan funds high school scholarships for students in agriculture, post-secondary research in grain marketing, and community projects and initiatives to help farm families faced with sudden hardship related to natural disasters. In 2012, the principles of FarmLink allocated $25,000 to be distributed to youth and community-based projects in Western Canada.

Rural scholarships in the amounts of $500 were given to graduating students with an average of 80% or above, who intended to pursue higher education within an agricultural, business, arts or science related field.

The recipients are:

  • Altona, MB: Jordana Penner
  • Kindersley, SK: Megan MacDonald
  • Beausejour, MB: William de Martines
  • Lipton, SK: Christopher Catto
  • Boissevain, MB: Rebecca Turner
  • Melfort, SK: Kassidy Stevenson
  • Carberry, AB: Jeff Steen
  • Moosomin, SK: Ben Dietrich
  • Carman, MB: Shane Walker
  • Oak River, MB: Jenica Grant
  • Claresholm, AB: Nadine Jensen
  • Preeceville, AB: Conway Brian Brodziak
  • Drumheller, AB: Kirsten Pallesen
  • Watrous, SK: Lexi Busse
  • Elm Creek, MB: Desiree Penner
  • Westlock, AB: Adam McMillan
  • Emerson, MB: Kevin Milne
  • Wilkie, SK: Joel Karstens
  • High Prairie, AB: Tyler Zabolotniuk      

You can see all of the scholarships that were distributed in the last two years by visiting: www.farmlinksolutions.ca/community